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to expect people not to park in Spaces for the disabled if they are not using them for the benefit of the Blue Badge holder?

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ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:23:44

Alopogies in advance, but this has really disappointed me and I want a unanimous AIBU as I know I am right.

At the Post Office earlier I saw I man I know park in the disabled bay nearest the shop and pop the blue badge on the dashboard. His passenger then got out and whizzed into the shop.

Surely the badge is there for the man to use when he gets out the car to make access easier for him. He could park further away or drop her off?

I just am so disappointed that someone with experience of the difficulties getting around would take up a spaxe which could be needed by someone less able.

AIBU to be saddened by his lack of consideration?

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:08

Hah, SparklingB, I already said I am right! grin

chickydoo Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:09

About 2 years ago I watched a very very famous footballer (ex) pull in to a disabled space, he got out & picked up some things from dry cleaners then drove away!
I also have a friend who used to need a disabled badge due to having had lots of surgery & illness & was always tired. She is now thankfully well, does a lot of sport, runs etc, drives a sports car, no illness in years. Met her for lunch, on the way back to my car I saw her car in a disabled space, then saw the disabled badge. I have no idea how she can get away with it. She walks well, eats well & is always busy, no mention of feeling unwell. I think she is pulling a fast one somewhere along the line.

SPBInDisguise Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:21

"I'm expressing my surprise that someone with a disablity would do something that would potentially inconvenience another perosn with a disability."
Some people are selfish! Yanbu but I'm sure by the end of the thread there will be one hundred different scanrios necessitating the passenger being dropped as close to the shop as possible.

specialsubject Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:26

oops, I got this one wrong then. Took badged MIL shopping, used disabled space so she could get into supermarket easily - I did my shopping as well, we sync up if we can as it obviously makes sense. She then asked me to do a quick errand for her from another shop, by this time she was tired so I let her back into the car, (warm place to sit down) put her shopping in and dashed off to do the errand. Back five minutes later and off we went.

It never occurred to me that I broke the rules!

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:33

True, WorraL, true.


TravelinColour Wed 20-Mar-13 21:46:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pickles101 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:47:21

"I'm expressing my surprise that someone with a disablity would do something that would potentially inconvenience another perosn with a disability."

Fair enough, but having a disability doesn't necessarily make you a nice or considerate person.

I gave a biscuit because it's a non-issue and it didn't affect you at all apart from 'surprise' hmm

fluffyraggies Wed 20-Mar-13 21:47:38

DM got her blue badge this week. She doesn't drive, so it will mainly be used in my car for when i'm driving her about. We used it for the first time yesterday in Tesco ... as i pulled into the disabled space i thought of all the parking threads on MN and felt very self conscious.

In the past she's often pointed out folk without a visible disability who have left their car in a disabled space and gone into the shop.

When her blue badge arrived DM cheerfully said i could use it now whenever i needed to park at the local hospital (without her) as it means free parking shock

I told her 'NO - i wont be doing that thanks mum' hmm Double standards there methinks .....

OloeufiaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 21:48:58


ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:48:58

Yeah, I guess there's a similar proportion of arses in peopele with disabilities as the proportion in people without disabilities, Stealthy.


Just disappointed.

But as WorraL said, he'd probably move if someone needed it more than him. [hopeful]

WestieMamma Wed 20-Mar-13 21:49:33

My husband does this all the time. Parks in the disabled bay and pops the badge on the dashboard while I nip into the shop. I'm the badge holder, he's the driver. I get sick of complete strangers having a go at me for doing so and expecting me to explain my condition and circumstances to them. What the fuck gives them the right? angry

Pickles101 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:50:00

The way to avoid disappointment is to assume everyone is an arse and then just let them surprise you with niceness grin

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:51:38

Oh, I see, Pickles101, I can only start AIBUs and have emotions about things that "affect" me.

Duly noted.

OLElEmEn, are you just srufing? Or maybe someone has reported. If so, SIOB.

SPBInDisguise Wed 20-Mar-13 21:53:04

" Yeah, I guess there's a similar proportion of arses in peopele with disabilities as the proportion in people without disabilities, Stealthy.


Just disappointed. "

Approx one arse per person grin

Sorry, it's been a long hard week and it's over, I am punch drunk

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:53:09

WestieMamma, you situation sounds to me like perfectly reasonable usage, but who am I to comment? I know nothing of your situation.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:53:53


You got me.

I knew what I meant, Stealthy.


DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Wed 20-Mar-13 21:54:42

"Blue badges are for mobility related disability though, so it's unlikely that a blue badge holder would have a hidden disability."

Just no. No no no. sad

SanityClause Wed 20-Mar-13 21:54:59

The thing is, having a disability doesn't make a person into some kind of saint.

Some disabled people are lovely, others are bastards, others a bit inbetweeny. Just like the rest of the population, really.

OpheliasWeepingWillow Wed 20-Mar-13 21:55:11

Bloody hell


ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:56:16

Oh another biscuit.

Have you actually read yhe OP, Ophelia? Or are you just making assumptions about what I might have typed?

landofsoapandglory Wed 20-Mar-13 21:56:19

Blue badges can not be used when running errands for the badge holder.

YANBU to be a bit saddened though!

SanityClause Wed 20-Mar-13 21:56:39

Oh, sorry. It's already been said.

landofsoapandglory Wed 20-Mar-13 21:58:38

If you didn't know the man in question, then YWBU to judge.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:58:51

I think my indecipherable comment about arses muddied the issue, though, SanityC.

HollyBerryBush Wed 20-Mar-13 21:59:03

I was merely hypothesising on the scant information given.

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